Norwegian Design – 3 Names to Know

While the Nikolai Astrup exhibition opening this month at the Dulwich Picture Gallery will highlight an important Norwegian artist, interiors shop Skandium is putting Norway’s design scene in the spotlight with its exhibition – Icons of Norway – of furniture and homewares from the region from 1940 to the present day. In honour of both, we choose three Norwegian design studios whose work is catching our eye.

Glassware by Ingrid Aspen

Ingrid Aspen | Norwegian Designs | The Chromologist

Oslo based furniture and product designer Ingrid has produced this striking collection of stackable glassware, Bottoms Up, which includes a carafe that mimics the shape of a wine bottle as well as glasses designed for more than one drink. Large-side up, the glasses are for ideal for wine, but turn them the other way around and the vessel is just the right size for a nightcap. Added to all of this are those delicious looking colours. See Bottoms Up in Skandium.

Textiles by Andreas Engesvik

Andreas Engesvik | Bunad Blanket | The Chromologist

Bunad blanket by Andreas Engesvik is directly inspired by the Bunad – the traditional Norwegian folk costume dating back to the 18th century and traditionally worn at celebrations, such as weddings. Woven from pure wool by Norwegian textile company Mandal Veveri, it comes in a variety of colours and with its heavy-ish weight, it drapes satisfyingly. Ideal for beds, sofas and wrapping around yourself at home in the winter, this piece is also part of Skandium’s exhibition this month.

Sculptural objects by Kneip

Kneip | Colours of metal | The Chromologist

Inspired by nature, the weather and geometry, Pat.vol 1 is a sculpture series by design studio Kneip, looking into the various colours of steel, copper and brass depending on chemical reactions. The pieces look like planets and part of the idea behind the collection is that the metals will continue to evolve in time, just as nature does. Find other displays of geometry in homewares on the brand’s website.

Icons of Norway is showing at Skandium, Brompton Road until 15 February.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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